As Tigray conflict intensifies, Abiy Ahmed reshuffles military and intelligence leadership of Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s army chief, head of intelligence and foreign minister have been replaced by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as fighting continues in the northern Tigray region.

The former deputy of the armed forces, Gen. Birhanu Jula, becomes army chief. Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew was reassigned as security advisor to Abiy, with Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen replacing him. Demelash Gebremichael was removed as head of intelligence and will lead the Federal Police Commission, while former Amhara regional leader Temesgen Tiruneh steps into the role.

Birhanu told the state-owned Addis Zemen newspaper that several locations in Tigray including Dansha, Barken and areas from Shiraro to Shire are now under the federal army’s control after the military operation began “The army has destroyed all the heavy weapons controlled by the infidel group. Now it is marching forward,” he said.

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